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Solihull

2010 Results:
Conservative: 23460 (42.55%)
Labour: 4891 (8.87%)
Liberal Democrat: 23635 (42.87%)
BNP: 1624 (2.95%)
UKIP: 1200 (2.18%)
Others: 319 (0.58%)
Majority: 175 (0.32%)

Notional 2005 Results:
Conservative: 19548 (39.6%)
Liberal Democrat: 19532 (39.5%)
Labour: 7748 (15.7%)
Other: 2588 (5.2%)
Majority: 17 (0%)

Actual 2005 result
Conservative: 20617 (39.4%)
Labour: 8058 (15.4%)
Liberal Democrat: 20896 (39.9%)
BNP: 1752 (3.3%)
UKIP: 990 (1.9%)
Majority: 279 (0.5%)

2001 Result
Conservative: 21935 (45.4%)
Labour: 12373 (25.6%)
Liberal Democrat: 12528 (26%)
UKIP: 1061 (2.2%)
Other: 374 (0.8%)
Majority: 9407 (19.5%)

1997 Result
Conservative: 26299 (44.6%)
Labour: 14334 (24.3%)
Liberal Democrat: 14902 (25.3%)
Referendum: 2748 (4.7%)
Other: 623 (1.1%)
Majority: 11397 (19.3%)

Boundary changes: Minor. Solihull gains part of Elmdon from Meriden while losing part of Blythe ward and a small part of Bickenhill in the other direction. While minor, the changes are enough to make the seat notionally Conservative at the next election.

Profile: Solihull is an affluent home for Brimingham`s middle class commuters. Wealthy semi-detached and detached suburbia, it has one of the highest rates of owner-occupiers anywhere in the country.The northern part of the constituency over the railway lines in Elmdon and Lyndon is somewhat less salubrious, is home to the Land Rover factory, and in the past had a history of returning Labour councillors (now long since vanished from the wards in this seat).

Solihull was a surprising gain in 2005 to those who hadn`t been following local politics, where the Lib Dems had gradually been gathering strength on the council. Solihull was in the past regarded as a solid Tory monolith – a similar seat to Sutton Coldfield on the other side of Birmingham where the Tory vote could be weighted rather than counted. In reality the seat was no longer as rock solidy Conservative as it had been in the 1980s and John Taylor`s huge majorities were based on the opposition being split between Labour and the Liberal Democrats. In 2005 the Labour vote collapsed by 10 percentage points, with the Lib Dems surging forwarrd by 14% to narrowly take the seat.

portraitCurrent MP: Lorely Burt(Liberal Democrat) born 1954. Educated at High Arcal Grammar School and Swansea University. Former assistant prison governor and business consultant. A former Conservative she joined the Liberal Democrats in 1995. Dudley councillor 1998-2003. Contested West Midlands Region in 2004 European elections. Contested Dudley South 2001. First elected MP for Solihull in 2005. Lib Dem northern Ireland spokesman from 2005-6, spokemans on small business, women and equality since 2006. Her husband Richard Burt is Lib Dem candidate for Worcestershire West (more information at They work for you)

2010 election candidates:
portraitMaggie Throup (Conservative) born Shipley. Educated at Bradford Girls Grammar and Manchester University. Former medical laboratory scientist, now running a marketing and pr consultancy. Contested Colne Valley in 2005.
portraitSarah Merrill (Labour) Educated at Alderbrook School and York University. Former film editor and now Parliamentary officer for Unite.
portraitLorely Burt(Liberal Democrat) born 1954. Educated at High Arcal Grammar School and Swansea University. Former assistant prison governor and business consultant. A former Conservative she joined the Liberal Democrats in 1995. Dudley councillor 1998-2003. Contested West Midlands Region in 2004 European elections. Contested Dudley South 2001. First elected MP for Solihull in 2005. Lib Dem northern Ireland spokesman from 2005-6, spokemans on small business, women and equality since 2006. Her husband Richard Burt is Lib Dem candidate for Worcestershire West (more information at They work for you)
portraitJohn Ison (UKIP) Former swimming pool operator. Fathers4Justice campaigner. Contested Redditch 2005.
portraitAndrew Terry (BNP)
portraitNeill Watts (Solihull and Meriden Residents Assn)

2001 Census Demographics

Total 2001 Population: 94403
Male: 48.4%
Female: 51.6%
Under 18: 21.8%
Over 60: 24.9%
Born outside UK: 6.6%
White: 93.7%
Black: 0.6%
Asian: 4%
Mixed: 1%
Other: 0.8%
Christian: 78.5%
Hindu: 1.5%
Muslim: 1.3%
Sikh: 1.1%
Full time students: 2.6%
Graduates 16-74: 21.9%
No Qualifications 16-74: 24.7%
Owner-Occupied: 85.1%
Social Housing: 8.9% (Council: 7.2%, Housing Ass.: 1.8%)
Privately Rented: 4.5%
Homes without central heating and/or private bathroom: 5.9%

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